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We know that when we help CEOs and business leaders succeed, they create value for their customers, employees, society and investors. Every tool we create, every methodology we develop has one goal – to help leaders create and capture value with talent.

Promoting a culture of innovation and altruism.

We are at the forefront of innovation within the HR and talent domain. CEO.works’ founder, Sandy Ogg and his partners have worked with CEOs and business leaders around the world for decades – both learning from and helping them consistently generate better value for their stakeholders.

We also believe that better businesses makes the world a better place. Business leaders can succeed by connecting their talent and organizations to value, but that success will not sustain unless they are also connected to values.

The Founders


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Sandy Ogg

Founder

CEO.works’ founder, Sandy Ogg, has spent 30+ years working and learning with Fortune 500 executives around the world. His experience and success in Human Resources led him to develop Connecting Talent to Value™, a methodology that helps organizations bend the value curve by getting the right people in the right jobs.

Sandy’s lessons from working with C-suite executives have been integrated into several books and papers on leadership and value creation.

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Sumeet Salwan

Co-Founder

Sumeet has spent the last 25 years thinking about, leading and connecting human capital with business value and employee experience.

As head of Advisory Services, he works directly with CEOs and C-suite leaders. Sumeet is responsible for our advisory services globally and for continuing to invent new HR 3.0 models, methodologies and practices in partnership with the firm’s co-founders.

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Shefali Salwan

Co-Founder

Shefali has 25 years of experience in cross-cultural talent management, leadership development, C-suite advisory, and diversity and inclusion.

As head of the firm’s flagship Value Coaching program, she is responsible for mentoring the Value Coaches through their certification process while building the CEO.works community of coaching practitioners. Shefali continues to invent new HR 3.0 models, methodologies and practices in partnership with the firm’s other co-founders.

Team Members


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Hein J.M. Knaapen

Managing Partner - Europe

As the Executive Talent Specialist in Europe, Hein is an internationally recognized expert on HR innovation, talent development, and organizational capability building. He brings over 35 years of experience to the team and has received several awards for his contributions to the field of human resources.

Hein's is focused on deploying the Talent to Value™ framework at the executive level. As an advisor and mentor, he aims to guide leaders toward maximizing the return on their talent investments.

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Bill Allen

Senior Partner

Having served nearly 20 years as the CHRO for three listed companies (A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Atlas Air Worldwide, Macy’s) and after a decade at PepsiCo, Bill knows what it takes to deliver outstanding business results in a variety of challenging environments. He is a recognized thought leader in the HR profession and a sought-after executive advisor to large-cap companies and private equity firms.

Bill works directly with C-suite leaders and PE partners to help them design and execute clear, impactful, and straightforward talent strategies that drive transformation and deliver value.

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Daniel Nickel

Senior Partner

Dan was an early partner who helped establish the foundations for CEO.works. His prior experience as a CHRO in large public companies along with his substantial knowledge about private equity were essential to the development of our /decide framework.

Dan has helped shape CEO.works into a leading advisor for CEO and senior executive selection within the private equity setting. These experiences have also been applied to the successful delivery of PE operating frameworks.

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Kristen Ballinger

Senior Partner

In senior HR roles at Bayer and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Kristen was instrumental in leading teams of HR Business Partners and Operations, building capabilities, and spearheading transformation to drive value creation for the enterprise. She currently serves as global CHRO for the LiveKindly Collective.

Under special agreement, Kristen partners with a select few CEO.works’ clients to help them get the most from theTalent to Value methodology, practices and tools.

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Dhaval Bhagat

Associate Partner

Dhaval's customer-centric approach guides CEO.works' clients through our value-creation process. His on-the-ground experience supports the codification of our methodologies and ensures effective client implementations.

Holding a degree in computer science and an MBA, Dhaval combines systems thinking and product development with business strategy to create and execute successful Talent to Value engagements.

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Dan Lee

Associate Partner

Dan brings talent in both engineering and business leadership to the CEO.works team. With a degree in computer science and an MBA in international business, Dan is essential to the design and development of CEO.works' suite of tools and methodologies.

Dan's primary focus is research & development, and he is adept at building strong relationships throughout all levels of an organization.

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Heather Ogg

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Heather ensures CEO.works operates smoothly. She develops and implements core strategies in addition to creating organizational policies and practices.

Her management skills and attention to detail are evident to anyone who sets foot inside our dramatically revamped headquarters—a 100-year old stone farmhouse that is home to our core team members and the site of our Value Coaching™ workshops.

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Michael Ogg

Director of Marketing and Brand

Michael’s role at CEO.works spans business and partnership development as well as thought leadership and marketing. He previously worked in product marketing and product development at Motorola and served as Product Marketing Manager for DJO, a medical equipment company.

Michael graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BA in Corporate Communications.

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Tejaswi Jain

Senior Associate

Tejaswi supports the senior leadership of CEO.works in driving Advisory projects, IP creation and business development. Prior to CEO.works, Tejaswi worked with Deloitte in their Assurance and Risk Advisory practice focusing on the Investment Management industry.

She is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA from Cornell University.

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Elizabeth Castellano

Executive Assistant

Elizabeth is Executive Assistant to the Founder of CEO.works, Sandy Ogg, providing high-level, day-to-day administrative support.

She has over 20 years of experience as an administrative professional in the consumer products and hospitality industries, working for corporations like PepsiCo and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.